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Zinc Silicate Crystalline Glaze Pottery

A chronicle of my recent progress and a way for me to keep it straight in my head!

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What actually happened!

51 "registered" attendees from all over the planet came!

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People drove from as far away as Georgia, Ohio & North Carolina,

My Photos (200+) of each day's happenings.

Setup Day 1 Day 2
Thursday Friday Saturday
October 15, 2009 October 16, 2009 October 17, 2009
Day 3 Day After #1 Cleanup
Sunday Monday Saturday
October 18 2009 October 19, 2009 October 24, 2009

Photos by Attendees

Bill Schaaf Kat Morrell Avi Harriman

John O'Neill

Kris Friedrich
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Album Gallery

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Comments I received after the symposium.

This article appeared in the 10-9-09 Warwick Advertiser

The weather forecast looks like we'll have the woodstove cranking!

Many thanks to William Melstrom for dealing with the whole tee shirt thing. It's looking like maybe they should have been sweatshirts.

The Plan

Dates: Friday Oct 16 thru Sunday Oct 18, 2009 

Using copper carbonate, copper oxide and rutile reduced with charcoal and oil.

Using titania, rutile, illmenite and nickel oxide reduced with propane.


  • The new electric / propane reduction kiln (Fallonator JMH-7dd) Terry is building.

  • The Wizard (Jamie Kozlowski) with Dragon #6 (alcohol drip kiln) and on the wheel

  • Avi with his retrofit Fallonator unit

  • Oil soaked charcoal reduction in a ca 1974 small L&L kiln.

  • Wheel throwing by The Wizard, Jerry Reinwand and Ray Boswell

Activities     Most likely I will be making preparations for the event, as well as firing work for show and tell purposes days in advance. If you'd like to join me drop me a line. Many people have said they will come early.

  Friday Saturday Sunday



Fallonator Post Fire Stand-alone (Avi)

Review of processes.

Load, program and fire.

Fallonator High Fire:

      Glaze pieces for firing.

Airbrush Demonstration

Wheel Throwing Demonstrations

Fallonator High Fire:

     Review of processes.

     Glaze pieces for firing.

     Load, program and fire.

Dragon #6:

     Review of process.

     Load, program and heat.

Wheel Throwing Demonstrations


     Unload high fire.

     Review of post fire reduction.

     Load, program and fire.

     Safety discussion

Unload Dragon #6 and Oil Bomb kilns.

Wheel Throwing Demonstrations


Buffet lunch from the Central Deli

You are on your own for lunch and are welcome to leftovers if there are any..


Fallonator Post Fire Stand-alone (Avi):


Wheel Throwing Demonstrations


Oil Bomb Reduction:

     Review of process.

     Load, heat and reduce.

Dragon #6:

     Alcohol drip reduction

Wheel Throwing Demonstrations

Unload Fallonator

Review of results from all kilns

General discussions.


7:00 PM

Official Grand Opening

Welcome, introductions and  socializing with the other invitees.

If anyone would like to give a slide presentation to the group let me know.

Barbeque dinner followed by a bonfire in the Christmas tree field

If there are any unfired pieces I will continue to fire them, publish results and send them to their owners.

Airbrush Demonstration: Ginny Conrow will give an airbrush demonstration. I will have a compressor plus "crude" spray booth setup for all to use. I do have a couple "basic" spray guns. If anyone has their own favorite they would like to us please feel free to bring it.

Wheel Throwing Demonstrations: I'm not exactly sure who will do what when, but we should see some magical work by the Wizard of Clay (Jamie Kozlowski), Ray Boswell, Jerry Reinwand and Tom Turner. Most will bring their own clay. I'll have a whole bunch of Highwater Helios ^11 porcelain available for anyone who wants to get their hands in it. I would appreciate any thrown pots people can leave for me to (trim and) glaze later.

What to Bring: Nothing is required but we will need some pots to fire. If you bring 3 small pots all of the same clay and glaze we can put one in each of the 3 post fire reduction kilns and make direct comparisons. Also if you bring 2 or more small bisqued pots with catchers you can glaze them and we will fire them in the Fallonator. Bring as many as you like. If we don't get to them during the symposium I'll go at it until they are all fired.

Also if you have a favorite porcelain bring some along and throw some pots.

Before and After


By invitation only. I have invited a group of people including some of the top names in the field of crystalline glazed ceramics. You can see them listed below. If you aren't on the list and would like to come send me an e-mail. I'll try and accommodate you.

Fee: There is no fee per se but I sure would be grateful if you would bring a nice piece of your work for my collection. It's up to you though.

Work For Sale: If you normally travel with pots for sale feel free to bring them. I'll help get you set up in a place to show them.

Invitees: Click here for a list of people I've invited and their responses, last update 10-8-09. Some have withdrawn recently. Now  52 people will attend.

Location: In an "Accessory Building " at my home.

376 County Route 1, Warwick, NY in the Hobby House (This is a 2400 sq. ft. building. It looks like I will need to put up a circus tent outside on the blacktop.)

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Lodging: Mid October is Fall Foliage Viewing and Apple Picking Season. You had better book a room now. It fills up fast around here!

Larger Hotels


Distance From My House

Comfort Inn And Suites  2.5-stars

20 Hatfield Lane , Goshen, NY, US, 10924   Phone: (845) 291-1282     Fax: (845) 291-1283

11.5 mi.

Minerals Hotel and Spa  3.5-stars

Route 94, Vernon, New Jersey 07462. (973) 827-5996

7.5 mi.

Holiday Inn Middletown - Goshen  3.0-stars

68 Crystal Run Rd., Middletown NY (800) 315 2621

22.7 mi

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Chester  2.5-stars

2 Bryle Place, Chester, NY (845) 469- 3000

11.5 mi.

Days Inn Middletown  2.0-stars

4939 Route 17M, New Hampton, NY (845) 374-2411

14 mi.

Super 8 Middletown NY  2.0-stars

563 Rt 211 E., Middletown, NY (845) 692-5828

18 mi.



Distance From My House

The Glenwood House B&B Inn  3.5-stars

49 Glenwood Road, Pine Island, New York 10969 (845) 258-5066

3.8 mi.

Ashford Cottage Bed & Breakfast 25 Oakland Avenue, Warwick, NY (845) 258-7167

5.7 mi.

Chateau Hathorn Bed & Breakfast

33 Hathorn Road, Warwick, NY 10990 (845) 986-6099

4.7 mi.

Inn at Stony Creek  34 Spanktown Rd. Warwick, NY 10990(845) 986-3660

4.5 mi.

Warwick Valley Bed & Breakfast  24 Maple Avenue, Warwick, New York 10990 (845) 987-7255

4.9 mi.

Peach Grove Inn 205 Route 17A, Warwick, NY 10990 (845) 986-7411

7.4 mi.

Warwickshire Bed & Breakfast 12 Linden Place, Warwick, NY 10990 (845) 988-1946

5.7 mi.

Brass Rose Inn Bed & Breakfast 29 Main St, Warwick, NY 10990 (845) 986-5603

5.1 mi.

Meadowlark Farm 180 Union Corners Road Warwick, NY 10990 (845) 651-4286

3.8 mi.

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Zinc Silicate Crystalline Glaze Pottery


Phil Hamling

376 County Route 1

Warwick, NY, USA 10990